Alycia McClure

Behind The Scenes: Sustainable Agriculture

By Alycia McClure on September 1, 2016

There are 2.1 million farms in the United States, and 97% of them are FAMILY owned. Yep, you’ve got that right. Some of them are BIG, some of them are LITTLE, and some of them are right in BETWEEN....

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5 Steps to Less Food Waste

By Alycia McClure on August 19, 2016

Did you know that food consumers (i.e. anyone breathing), in the United States waste an average of 90 BILLION pounds of food every year? You read that right, 90 BILLION POUNDS! It’s gotten...

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5 Steps to Less Food Waste

By Alycia McClure on August 19, 2016

Did you know that food consumers (i.e. anyone breathing), in the United States waste an average of 90 BILLION pounds of food every year? You read that right, 90 BILLION POUNDS! It’s gotten...

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A Budget Friendly Valentines Day STEAK Dinner

By Alycia McClure on February 12, 2016

Love is in the air this Valentines season, love for beef that is. It’s such an interesting time of year across the United States, with 90-degree weather in California and wind chills of -50 in New...

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The Top 5 Reasons Why We Raise Cattle In Kansas

By Alycia McClure on January 29, 2016

It’s Kansas Day in the heartland and we are proud to celebrate. We’ve been going strong since 1861 and that’s cause for celebration in our book. Instead of doing our usual #FactFriday post, we’ve put...

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12 Days and 12 Ways : Recipe Roundup

By Alycia McClure on December 28, 2015

Wow. Christmas is over and the new year is quickly approaching. It's amazing how quickly the Christmas season can pass through your finger tips and you didn't get to half of the projects,...

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12 Days and 12 Ways Day 12: Herb Crusted Prime Rib

By Alycia McClure on December 25, 2015

Herb Crusted Prime Rib Ahhhh the Holy Grail of meats, Prime Rib. The preferred method of cooking around here is in the smoker but an over will do the same job as well. Prime Rib is a simple thing to...

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12 Days and 12 Ways Day 11: Creamy Beef and Noodles

By Alycia McClure on December 24, 2015

The chilly short day’s of winter have finally set in. Family is making it into town and Christmas cookies are being prepped. Let’s spend more time on the fun things and less time cooking. This is a...

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12 Days and 12 Ways Day 10: Chicago Steakhouse Sandwich

By Alycia McClure on December 23, 2015

You guy’s this recipe is something right out of one of those swanky downtown steakhouses with leather club chairs and a scotch bar in the windy city. It just makes you feel like your dinning in style...

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12 Days and 12 Ways Day 9: Beef Pad Thai.

By Alycia McClure on December 22, 2015

Beef Pad Thai So many people have the tradition of watching A Christmas Story, the week of Christmas while eating Asian food. Why not skip the take out and start a new family tradition of making it...

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12 Days and 12 Ways Day 8: Roast Beef Hash

By Alycia McClure on December 21, 2015

This recipe has Christmas written all over it. Slather a giant hunk of meat in seasoning and cook it all night long so that you can rise the wonderful beefy aroma. My mouth is watering jus typing...

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12 Days and 12 Ways Day 7: Creme Chipped Beef

By Alycia McClure on December 19, 2015

Dried beef is such an iteresting and versitile product. It's appearance or the fact that it is shelf stable may not seem very appetizing but the fact remains that this beef creates some delicous and...

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12 Days and 12 Ways Day 6: Beef Sausage Lasagna

By Alycia McClure on December 18, 2015

Beef Sausage Lasagna This one will be called, “An Ode to My Sweet, Savory Lasagna.” Yep. I think that’s a fitting title. I don’t know about your family but this is one meal that brings everyone to...

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12 Days and 12 Ways Day 5: Homemade Beef Sausage

By Alycia McClure on December 17, 2015

Many people use ground beef in their weekly menus and are well aware of the versatility of the meat, but so many more do not know that you can season the beef to a sausage and use in place of pork...

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12 Days and 12 Ways Day 4: Crockpot Philly

By Alycia McClure on December 16, 2015

Crockpot Philly’s Ever body loves a warm, crunchy, melty cheesy delicious sandwich – especially when they are crockpot ready and dinner time prep takes less than 10 minutes… TOTAL. While this may not...

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12 Days and 12 Ways Day 3: Crockpot London Broil

By Alycia McClure on December 15, 2015

The holiday season is a busy time of year with parties, shopping, trips to the post office and normal family errands. It can be tough to keep up let alone serve your family a home cooked meal. That’s...

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12 Days and 12 Ways Day 2: Smokey Beef Back Ribs

By Alycia McClure on December 14, 2015

There is just something about smoked meat that makes a meal feel manly and close to nature. It’s probably the whole man/fire/food thing. Anyone can handle this recipe, if you haven’t used a smoker...

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12 Days and 12 Ways Day 1: Spinach and Shiitake Stuffed Flat Iron

By Alycia McClure on December 13, 2015

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me….. A giant hunk of LeeEEEAAaan beef. This season is filled with such delicious food, indulge in the rich delicacy of this stuffed flat iron...

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The Latest with Dr. Dave

By Alycia McClure on December 10, 2015

As many of you may know, our on site vet, Dr. Dave Sjeklocha, contributes to BEEF magazine several times a year. His most recent article " How people become critical of the very food that makes them...

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An Open Letter to Subway - From America's Pig Farmers

By Alycia McClure on October 29, 2015

As you may know Subway’s recently has made an announcement that they will no longer be purchasing meat products that have been treated with antibiotics.This is a radical departure from the recent...

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Congratulations Mercedes Rodriguez!

By Alycia McClure on August 26, 2015

With school back in session and the hustle and bustle returns, we would like to take a minute to congratulate Mercedes Rodriguez for being awarded the Cattle Empire / Elanco Animal Health scholarship...

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Is Beef Safe?

By Alycia McClure on July 24, 2015

                                                                              Have you ever had that lingering question in the back of your mind, wondering is this hamburger I am feeding my kids...

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Why do Cattle Live In Herds?

By Alycia McClure on July 10, 2015

Cattle naturally have a herd mentality. Herd behavior describes how individual animals (and interestingly enough – people) in a group act collectively as one unit. When cattle are together in a herd...

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Switch up Your Party Menu with Smokey-N-Sweet BEEF Ribs!

By Alycia McClure on July 3, 2015

Beef ribs can seem intimadting if you've never cooked them before but for the price, amount of meat and mouth watering goodness you can have with them they are beyond worth it. Short ribs are...

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It's National Prime Rib Day, Ya'll!

By Alycia McClure on April 27, 2015

MMMMM April 27, National Prime Rib Day, next to our recent discovery of schmacon(beef bacon), THIS is the stuff dreams are made of. When perfectly aged and cooked correctly, prime rib can be cut with...

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5 Ways Cattle Are Actually Good For the Enviroment

By Alycia McClure on April 22, 2015

So it’s earth day, and instead of going out and hugging some trees what do you say we take a few minutes to discuss the original green machine – the cow. By now I am sure you have heard many claims...

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Congratulations On Your Nomination, Calie!

By Alycia McClure on March 9, 2015

As the Assistant Foreman at Empire Calf Ranch, Calie Kalkowski (say that ten times fast), is responsible for maintaining the milk and feed rations as well as overseeing appropriate and timely care of...

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World Dairy Expo 2014

By Alycia McClure on October 16, 2014

The World Dairy Expo is the largest gathering for new dairy technology and dairy show cattle all year long and it's hosted in America's Dairyland, Wisconsin. It is a grand spectacle, with over 2,000...

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